Sports Report for Tuesday, 7-31-2018

PC Notes … Please look below in the This & That Section for information about two basketball camps starting tomorrow and Thursday over at PC.

 

College Notes – Preseason ACC & SEC Conference Polls…  A quick look at how the media and coaches see the conferences football rankings before the season starts.

  • ACC… It is little wonder that the preseason ACC team to beat is the 3-time defending champion Clemson… The Tigers were overwhelming pick of the media in the recently completed 2018 ACC Football Kickoff… The media picked Clemson to finish first in the Atlantic division followed by Florida State, NC State, Boston College, Louisville, Wake Forest and Syracuse… In the Coastal Division they see Miami finishing first and facing the Tigers in the ACC Championship game… The balance of the Coastal Division is thought to finish in this order; Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Duke, Pitt, North Carolina and Virginia… For more details on how they see things click here.
  • SEC… Over in the SEC the media seem to think that Alabama will again be the Western Division champ and win the SEC Championship game again this year and as defending National Champion that looks like a good bet… The rest of the Western Division is thought to finish in this order; Auburn, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, LSU, Ole Miss and Arkansas… The team that the media think will finish first in the Eastern Division and face Bama in the SEC Title Game is the Georgia Bulldogs… The rest of the Eastern Division they think will finish like this; South Carolina, Florida, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt… Again for more details including Preseason All-Star Team selections click here.

 

Pros …Click on the scores of the following for more information about the contest.

  • Braves 5 – Marlins 3 … Despite being outhit by the Marlins 8-6 last night at Sun Trust Park in Atlanta, the Braves took a 5-3 win over the Marlins in the opening game of their 3-game series last night… The main reason for the win was that Freddie Freeman (18) and Ronald Acuna Jr (10) both had solo homers for the Braves and Johan Camargo had a pair of doubles
  •  Tourist 6 – Drive 5 (10)… The Greenville Drive returned home to Flour Field last night as they opened a series with the Ashville Tourist… The Tourist took a 6-5 win over the Drive last night in 10 innings in what was a tough loss for the Drive… The Tourist jumped out to a 3-0 lead as they put 3 runs on the board in the first inning… The Drive fought back and by the time the game reached the end of 9 innings they had tied the game 4-4…. In the top of the 10th the Tourist scored 2 runs to take the lead… The Drive did not roll over though as they got one of the runs back in the bottom of the 10th but could get no closer… The teams will play a doubleheader today starting at 4:30 to make up a rained out game from earlier in the month.
  • Panthers… The Carolina Panthers Training Camp at Wofford College is now open and will close on Monday August 13th… To go to the Panthers website where you will find the training camp schedule, what not to bring, what you can bring and the answers to most any question you might have about the camp, click here…. The Panthers have the day off and there will be no practice today. .

 

Countdown to KickoffThe numbers of days until the following teams open their season

  • Laurens at Clinton… (8-24-18)… 24
  • Laurens Academy at Faith / Christian…(8-24-18)… 24
  • PC at Austin Peay… (9-8-15)… 39
  • PC host Stetson… (9-15-18)… 46
  • Clemson host Furman…(9-1-18)… 32
  • South Carolina host Coastal Carolina… (9-1-18)… 32

This and That: 

  • Clinton YMCA Summer Camps and Swimming Lessons… The Clinton Family YMCA will be having a full slate of summer sports camps this summer and will also be offering swimming lessons throughout the summer… To see complete details on all these click here… The next camp is a dance camp starting August 6th for girls ages 5-12… The deadline to register for it is Friday, August 3rd at 5 pm… Again for more details on these and swimming lessons click here.
  • Cheerleading Kiddie Camp… Once again this year the LDHS Cheerleaders will be offering a Cheerleading Kiddie Camp on Saturday, August 4th in the Auxiliary Gym at LDHS… The camp will start at 9 am and conclude at noon and is open to youth ages 3-12… Instruction will be done by both JV and Varsity cheerleaders under the supervision of their coaches… There will be snacks, crafts and games as well as a T-shirt included in the $30 cost of the camp… Those who attend will give a performance at the end of the camp and on August 31st during the third quarter of the Raider football game with Myrtle Beach… Now for complete details on this camp, the registration form and contact information if you have further questions, click here.
  • Clinton YMCA Flag Football and Cheerleading… Registration is now open through August 17th for Flag Football and Cheerleading at the Clinton Family YMCA… Age groups will be 4 – 6, 7 – 9 and 10 – 12 for flag football and for grades K – 6 for cheerleading…. For more information as to fall out dates, cost and who to contact if you have more questions click here.
  • PC Summer Sports Camps… This summer various sports at PC will be holding camps for various age groups of youth in the area… To see a complete listing of all the camps click here… The next camp is: 2018 Evening Day Soccer Camp… August 1 – 5, 2018. This camp is for youth ages 5-15 and is designed for player ability growth… Cost is $25 and it will be from 5PM – 8PM each day… For more information on this camp including registering online, click here…. Also 2018 Free Kids Basketball Camp… August 2-3, 2018, 9AM – Noon…. This camp is designed for youth in grades 1-6 where the coaches and players of the PC women’s basketball team will help your child improve their individual skills… For more information on this camp, click here
  • Free Softball Clinics on Mondays… Don’t forget that LDHS softball Coach Michaela Smith will conducting free softball clinics for girls in grades 2-6 on Monday nights to help the young ladies in District 55 improve their softball skills and learn the proper fundamentals in a fun environment… Come to the LDHS softball field starting at 7pm and the clinics will conclude at 8:30 pm…. Clinics are scheduled to run each Monday from now through at least the end of August

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